Current Threats to the Asian Pacific Community:
The current legislature is facing a $5 billion budget deficit (about 1/8 of our total budget expenditure of $39 billion). The legislature has proposed an “all-cuts” budget while Gov. Dayton has proposed a mixed approach of both increased taxes on wealthier Minnesotans and cuts.
Highlights among the proposed cuts by the GOP-led legislature were:
- Cuts to Local Government Aid
- Health and Human Services
- CCSA block grants (Mental health care for children and adults)
- Higher Education
- $200 million cut among state agencies
Highlights among Gov. Dayton’s budget were:
- Cuts to health care for 7,200 low-income adults
- Minnesota CARE health insurance capped at 200% of the poverty level or $44,700 for a family of four)
- Increase in spending for K-12 education
- Cuts to higher education
- 2.8% decrease to Human Services
Although the legislature and governor have proposed vastly different budget solutions, it is clear that our budget deficient threatens many areas important to the Asian Pacific community, including access and affordability to higher education, human services, and health programs.
Community members are encouraged to add their voices at the capitol to inform legislators what programs and services are important to them.
Press Release: Asian Pacific Day at the Capitol Set for March 14
The following legislators have sent their intent to address the audience:
- Sen. John Marty (54, Vadnais Heights, Shoreview, Roseville)
- Rep. Paul Thissen (63A, Richfield and Minneapolis; House Minority Leader)
- Rep. Rena Moran (65A, St. Paul)
- Rep. Joe Mullery (58A, Minneapolis)
Community leaders and non-profit organizations will also be present to speak to legislators and community members:
- Cultural Society of Filipino-Americans
- Chinese Social Service Center
- Neighborhood House
- Asian Women United of Minnesota
- Hmong American Partnership
- more to come!